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How to Get the Best Deal on Generic Items

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So maybe you are a Walmart shopper, maybe an Aldi shopper, Wegmans shopper or just strictly a Tops shopper. But will being a brand snob really save you money? Maybe you are thinking you only buy generic products anyways so it doesn’t matter. Generic is the best deal.

This article I show you that generic isn’t necessarily the best deal all the time if you play the grocery game right.

Let’s Learn How to Get the Best Deal:

Know Your Prices

Here is a look at generic items from Walmart, Aldi, and Tops! It is so important to know your prices when trying to stick to a budget or live within your means.

Buy the generic version of the generic 

In my list, I have listed the generic items. If you aren’t familiar with the 3-tier marketing let me explain.

Walmart and Tops have two of their own generic brands. It is a marketing scheme to boost up sales called Loss Leader.  This is where we are getting ripped off thinking that the Tops Brand is better than the Valu Time brand. The Valu time brand is the cheapest at Tops, but they are the same thing. Coming from the same place! So together, let’s not be fooled. If you want pasta sauce from Tops, choose the $0.99 Valu Time over the Tops brand. Because the only difference is the price!

How to get the best deal on generic items

So together, let’s not be fooled. If you want pasta sauce from Tops, choose the $0.99 Valu Time over the Tops brand. Because the only difference is the price!

My husband works in the construction business. Being on different job sites all the time he has told me countless times how in the factories down the production line you have the same item that just gets covered in a different package.

*Note this isn’t the case for every generic item- but many. 

 

Let’s take a look at some generic brands so you can know how to get the best deal. I used the Valu Time brand at Tops and The Great Value brand at Walmart unless there was the no name brand!

 

Abbreviations are: Walmart: W, Aldi: A, Tops:T.

Remember this is generic for all the items found below.  These prices were fromWestern New York area stores. Your store prices may vary slightly.

 

TUNA

W: $0.79 A: $0.69 T: $0.69

CAN OF COFFEE

W:$6.98 A:$5.49 T:$3.99

CAN OF PEACHES

  A: $0.89 T:$0.99

FLOUR

W: $1.76 A:$1.45 T:$1.55

SUGAR

W:$1.96 A:$1.85 T:$ 1.39

CORN MUFFIN MIX

W: $0.54 A:$0.47 T: $0.54

MUSTARD

W: $0.96 A: $0.69 T:$0.79

KETCHUP

W:$0.92 A: $1.29  T:$1

SALAD DRESSING

W:$2.64 A:$1.99 T:$1.99

MAYO

W: $2.96 A: $1.99 T:$1.99

VEGETABLE OIL

W:$2.62 A:$2.29 T:$2.39

EGG NOODLES

W: $1.99 T: $1.99

( I couldn’t find these at Aldi with my kids! I’m sure they were the reason!)

CAN OF KIDNEY BEANS

W: $0.68 A: $0.59  T: $0.69

CAN OF GREEN BEANS

W:$0.68 A:$0.49 T:$0.49

CAN OF TOMATO SAUCE

W: $0.68 A: $0.25 T: $0.39

DICED TOMATOES

W:$0.68 A: $0.59 T: $0.59

PASTA SAUCE

W: $1.50  A:$0.99 T: $0.99

MAC N CHEESE

A:$.35 T:$0.49

There you have it! You will get the best deal on generic brand items at Aldi.

THE WINNER IS:

ALDI!!!

This is not all the generic items each store carries. Tops Valu Time brand is really expanding. Remember the Valu Time brand is cheaper than the Tops brand, even though they are the SAME! Walmart is now starting to carry no name brand, which is indeed Walmart Brand. If you see a no name brand at Walmart it will be cheaper than the Great Value brand. And it is pretty close so you have to factor in at Tops you can also receive gas points for your Generic purchases!


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3 thoughts on “How to Get the Best Deal on Generic Items

  1. Thanks Tasia for the info. I know someone who used to work at canning factory and they said that the majority of the time, the big company labels went through first then same product stayed on line, just different labels for less expensive product, went through next.

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